Iowa City startup Higher Learning Technologies has been attracting large numbers of students since launching last summer. And now, one of its first apps, NCLEX RN Mastery, has reached the No. 1 grossing educational app in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
HLT’s NCLEX RN Mastery also is in the Apple App Store’s top 150 grossing apps overall.
“Things have been moving really, really fast,” HLT co-founder and chief marketing officer Adam Keune told Silicon Prairie News. “To be in that top hundredth of a percent is a big honor for us. The company has grown really fast and we’ve got lots of new hires coming in.”
In February, HLT closed a $1 million seed round with notable investors such as former ACT CEO Richard Ferguson, Involta founder and CEO Bruce Lehrman and Josh Cramer of Iowa City-based FullStack.
While the startup originally planned to release 24 new apps this year, Keune says they’ve slowed down production slightly to really focus on the areas that are a best fit for them. He says that one of the next apps to launch from HLT will be a MCAT study tool that will likely launch in late May or early June.
Over the last few months HLT has not only been expanding its user market but also its network. Earlier this year, the team took a trip to California to visit entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and meet contacts of their legal counsel and board member, Murray Indick, a senior counsel at San Francisco-based Crowell & Moring.
“It was really cool to go out there and see that they realize the Silicon Prairie is this up-and-coming thing,” Keune said. “It’s really cool to see the Prairie finally being put on the map.”